Gov Ortom Demands Release Of 40 Repentant Militias Arrested Following The Killing Of Leader, Gana


Governor Ortom Demands Release 40 Suspects Arrested After Notorious Militia, Gana Was KilledGovernor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has asked military authorities to release 40 repentant militias who were arrested after their leader, Terwase Akwaza better known as Gana was killed.

It would be recalled that Gana, Benue’s most-wanted criminal, was killed by soldiers on Tuesday, September 8 after coming out of hiding to embrace amnesty from the state government.

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Benue state Governor speaking after a five-hour security meeting at the Government House in Makurdi on Friday September 11, also called for the release of some official vehicles purportedly confiscated by the military authorities.

disclosed that he is spearheading the call for the release of the repentant militias to enable them to embrace the amnesty programme of the state government.

He said;

It is the resolve of this meeting, the expanded State Security Council meeting, that the repentant youths who were arrested by the military should be released so that they will continue from where they were coming to receive their amnesty and they were arrested.

Ortom stated;

Also items that were confiscated, we are also appealing to the military to return them. Some of those vehicles were hired, some are official vehicles to our government officials. Some other things are documents. We appeal that all these be returned to us.

On the death of Gana, Ortom averred that Sankara people and other people in state are pained by the development.

The Governor who noted that nothing can be done to bring back the dead to life, added that they will engage the military rather than being confrontational while seeking clarification on Gana’s death.

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Ortom said;

We are going to find out the truth of what happened. That is what the entire stakeholders here are demanding to know because from the press statement and information to us gives us a cause to worry.

He expressed;

We have resolved to move on and continue to interphase with the military and other security agencies to ensure that this kind of ugly incident does not happen again.

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